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Grad Nation: If Not College, Then What?
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 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

For decades, earning a four-year college degree has been seen as the key to upward mobility. However, rising college costs and increasing student debt are causing many to question the value of a college...

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Summer Jobs = Career Readiness
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Summer is a season often synonymous with relaxation and leisure for many teenagers. However, an increasing number of teens are leveraging this break from school to gain valuable work experience through summer jobs. These opportunities not only provide immediate benefits but also prepare young people for success in a global...

At Rolling Green Elementary on May 17th, over 750 students took part in activities

Career Dreams Soar to New Heights at Junior Achievement Elementary Fairs

 By Denise Sawyer

Work Readiness

Hundreds of elementary school students in Palm Beach County got a fun and engaging look at potential future careers during three special Junior Achievement career fairs held in late May. Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast coordinated the interactive career events across the district. The non-profit organization aims to inspire and prepare young people to succeed through...

Huge congrats to all students for their hard work and dedication, and a special shoutout to our valedictorian, Manuel Juan Jose.

Junior Achievement Celebrates Graduation Stole Ceremony for Seniors at Lake Worth Community High School

 By Denise Sawyer

Financial Literacy

Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast hosted a heartwarming graduation stole ceremony for seniors at Lake Worth Community High School on Monday, April 29. This ceremony marked a significant milestone for the students who participated in the 3DE by JA Program, a transformative initiative aimed at empowering young minds for future...

During their visit, Thompson and Henn engaged with teachers in dynamic workshops, demonstrating effective strategies to weave financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship into their curricula.

JA Staff Visit Alaska to Provide Professional Development for Teachers on Financial Literacy, Career Readiness, and Entrepreneurship

 By Denise Sawyer

Financial Literacy

Katie Thompson, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast's Vice President of Education, and Erica Henn, Director of Elementary Programs, recently traveled across the country to collaborate with teachers in the Anchorage School District. Their mission was to integrate Junior Achievement's three main pillars—financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship—into classrooms to...

On Day 1, participants embarked on a journey with boatbuilders at Albury Brothers Boats in Riviera Beach, delving into the intricacies of vessel construction.

JA Earth Week Career Speaker Series Event Takes Students on Virtual Voyage Through Marine Industry, Conservation

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Junior Achievement's Earth Week event took students on a virtual voyage through the marine industry, offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at various facets of marine craftsmanship and conservation. Presented by Palm Beach International Boat Show Gives Back, and supported by Waste Management and Keep Palm Beach Beautiful, the week-long event, from Monday, April 22nd to Friday, April 26th,...

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Unlocking Opportunities: Preparing Teens for an AI Future
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has swiftly become a driving force reshaping our world. From enhancing educational experiences to revolutionizing industries, its impact is profound and far-reaching. Yet, amidst the promises of innovation, questions arise, particularly among young people, about the future of work and the career paths that will remain resilient in an increasingly AI-driven...

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From Literacy to Action: Empowering Teens for Financial Wellness
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

In today's dynamic economic landscape, financial literacy is more than just understanding concepts—it's about taking action. Junior Achievement champions this philosophy with the theme "From Literacy to Action." Our mission is clear: to equip individuals, especially young people, with the tools and confidence needed to navigate personal finances...

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Because of JA...The Impact of Junior Achievement on Fi’s Life
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Community Involvement

In a world where the impact of every action matters, volunteering stands out as a powerful means of making a difference. At the heart of JA lies the belief that every individual has the potential to shape the future, regardless of their background or circumstances. Through initiatives like "Because of JA," volunteers contribute to meaningful change, one classroom at a...

Board Member Kathy Burstein, Board Chair Trey Fogg, Board Member Melissa Nash, President Claudia Kirk Barto, Board Member Rob Anderson, Commissioner Barnett, Board Member Tom Pinckney and Board Member Dr. Mary Ann DuPont

Palm Beach County Honors Junior Achievement with Proclamation, Declaring April "Financial Literacy" Month

 By Denise Sawyer

Financial Literacy

In recognition of Junior Achievement’s commitment to fostering financial literacy and economic empowerment among local students, Palm Beach County Commissioners have declared April as "Financial Literacy Month" in the county. The proclamation acknowledges the critical role that of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast plays in bridging the gap between classroom learning and...



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